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This week we’ve been exploring a series of reports about service dogs and therapy dogs that have been trained by prison inmates. A program called paws4people has been partnering with West Virginia state prisons for the last few years. For the final part of this story,  we learn about a service dog named Mason who was trained in a state prison in Mason County, West Virginia.

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Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (DAWS) announced today that Lisa Edwards has joined the non-profit animal shelter as its new Lead Dog Trainer. 

Ms. Edwards will collaborate with the leaders of the DAWS Dog Program and will lead the development of all dog training protocols at the shelter. In her new capacity, she will create and update shelter-wide and dog-specific training protocols, consult on dog evaluations and introductions, and collaborate with Program Chairs to create enrichment programs to keep the dogs positively stimulated within the shelter environment.

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A tip led Horry County deputies to uncover an unlawful dog breeding operation in Conway on Wednesday.

Officers removed more than 140 dogs of various breeds from the property and charged a 49-year-old Conway woman with failure to provide proper care and treatment of animals.

At about 9 a.m. Wednesday, police responded to the operation in the 6300 block of Highway 65 in Conway, according to a news release from Horry County deputies.

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Known across the world for her dog training expertise, Melissa Heeter now is imparting words of wisdom to help her fellow Bartow County residents reach their full potential. In light of November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Rydal resident, who also is a lung cancer patient, is stressing the importance of obtaining second medical opinions and an annual chest X-ray.

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By Seth Stutman Published: September 18, 2014, 2:46 pm Updated: September 18, 2014, 4:47 pm

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  There are more than 300 different breeds of dog, and we aren’t even counting the mixed breeds!  Sue Meachem, Board Member at the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club introduced us to a Plotthound, Barbet, Field Spaniel and a Podengo.

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Recent dog attacks should serve as reminders that other types of dogs, not just pit bulls, can be dangerous.

On Sunday in Kettering, a woman was bitten by one of two rottweilers on leashes in a parking lot off East Stroop Road.

The unidentified victim reached down to let one of the dogs smell her hand, and it jumped up, put its paws on her arm and bit her, according to Kettering police records.

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CHENNAI: The Dog Breeding unit at Saidapet may be closed down, if its functioning is not improved in three months, the Madras High Court has said.

The first bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan gave the direction on August 4 while disposing of two public interest writ petitions from the People of Ethical Treatment of Animals India, by its director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate of Mumbai and E Seshan of Chennai.

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A Houston County judge ordered a Pansey man to serve 25 consecutive weekends in jail for the failure to perform services promised as part of an area dog training business.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Conaway gave David Andrew Bynum, 26, of Pansey, a five-year term of probation for his multiple felony charges.

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As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to keep your dog healthy. Keeping your dog healthy involves taking him to the veterinarian, meeting his exercise needs, feeding him a nutritious diet and keeping him at his optimum weight. You should take your dog to his veterinarian for annual checkups and for any required vaccinations or treatments.… Read the full post here